‘Glee’ Recap: 4×03 ‘Makeover’

12:45 pm EDT, September 28, 2012

Last night’s episode of Glee included a student council election, a new job for Kurt, a new look for Rachel, and a whole heap of set-up for what looks to be a very dramatic mini-finale next week. Also, we got our first look at Sarah Jessica Parker in her guest role on the show. Read our full Glee recap below:

Congratulations, Blaine Warbler. You may have been dominating Glee’s iTunes sales for coming up on two years, a McKinley regular for one, and the absolute, undeniable fan favorite, but to me, you’re not a real Glee lead character until you’ve had an inner monologue, and today, son, is your day. Our boy strolls through the school halls, speaking in voice-over about how it’s time for him to step forward and be involved in life at McKinley. We see him signing up for a multitude of clubs, and then we cut to the auditorium where Blaine begins to perform “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. This song soundtracks the following scenes, as we cut between the performance and Blaine getting involved in these clubs, including the Superhero Sidekick Appreciation Society – which explains the Robin twitpic – and a live-action role playing Dungeons and Dragons group where he is the group’s wizard (oh, ha ha). The performance pauses as Blaine’s inner monologue continues. He admits that part of the reason for taking up the extracurriculars is to fill his days now that Kurt is gone – they’re in as much contact as they can be. “The only time we’re really in sync is when we’re hate-watching Treme together,” which is a scene we then witness as Blaine offers Kurt – via Skype – some of his popcorn, pretending they’re together. The number ends with all his new be-costumed club friends dancing around him on the auditorium stage, and in the hallway Blaine eyes one last sign-up sheet – the student council elections. He adds his name to the only other candidate on the list – Brittany S. Pierce.

In New York, Blaine’s worse half is prepping for an interview he’s somehow scored for an internship at Vogue.com. Kurt’s meeting is with Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker), the new senior editor of the website and a cutting edge fashion designer in her own right. Kurt is terrified – yet very stylish – as he enters her office, but Isabelle is instantly warm and disarming to Kurt, revealing that she is from Columbus, Ohio, nearby to Lima. She is impressed with the online resume Kurt submitted, particularly the gallery of his own outfits (see www.hirehummel.com) and asks him where he got his wardrobe. Answering ten thousand nit-picking fans’ questions about how Kurt has been able to afford the things he wears, (which have been tracked down IRL and revealed to be thousands of dollars worth of designer couture), Kurt admits that he made most of them, copying designs he liked, and searched the internet for bargain pieces. Isabelle proceeds to interview Kurt about his ideas and experience, and he tells her his plans of NYADA and Broadway. Isabelle offers Kurt encouragement, saying New York is the place for people like him – dreamers starting out – and her – people needing to re-invent themselves. She hires him on the spot – “Anyone who can pull off a hippo brooch deserves to be here.” Kurt throws himself on her in a hug, and proceeds to stab his new boss with the hippo. “That should come with a warning!” she says, tapping the brooch. “Oh, it did,” Kurt replies.

Brittany approaches Artie at school and asks him to run with her as her Vice President. “Did you know that Franklin Roosevelt was part robot too, and he’s on Mount Rushmore?” “No he’s isn’t,” Artie replies, “and I’m just gonna say it again, I’m not part robot.” He’s reluctant at first, but when Brittany admits that if she wins she plans to do nothing – again – and let him make all the decisions, Artie is intrigued by this plan – because women love power, apparently, and he’d like to date someone for more than a couple of weeks. “Don’t take that personally,” he tells her. “Why would I take that personally?” “We dated.” “We did?” Oh, Glee, you are learning to play to your strengths again and make fun of the moments of your own epic fail! Well done! Artie agrees to be Brittany’s running-mate – the Cheney to her Bush, though she’d prefer to be “Landing Strip.” Thanks for that one, Glee.

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Last night’s episode of Glee included a student council election, a new job for Kurt, a new look for Rachel, and a whole heap of set-up for what looks to be a very dramatic mini-finale next week. Also, we got our first look at Sarah Jessica Parker in her guest role on the show. Read our full Glee recap below:

Congratulations, Blaine Warbler. You may have been dominating Glee’s iTunes sales for coming up on two years, a McKinley regular for one, and the absolute, undeniable fan favorite, but to me, you’re not a real Glee lead character until you’ve had an inner monologue, and today, son, is your day. Our boy strolls through the school halls, speaking in voice-over about how it’s time for him to step forward and be involved in life at McKinley. We see him signing up for a multitude of clubs, and then we cut to the auditorium where Blaine begins to perform “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. This song soundtracks the following scenes, as we cut between the performance and Blaine getting involved in these clubs, including the Superhero Sidekick Appreciation Society – which explains the Robin twitpic – and a live-action role playing Dungeons and Dragons group where he is the group’s wizard (oh, ha ha). The performance pauses as Blaine’s inner monologue continues. He admits that part of the reason for taking up the extracurriculars is to fill his days now that Kurt is gone – they’re in as much contact as they can be. “The only time we’re really in sync is when we’re hate-watching Treme together,” which is a scene we then witness as Blaine offers Kurt – via Skype – some of his popcorn, pretending they’re together. The number ends with all his new be-costumed club friends dancing around him on the auditorium stage, and in the hallway Blaine eyes one last sign-up sheet – the student council elections. He adds his name to the only other candidate on the list – Brittany S. Pierce.

In New York, Blaine’s worse half is prepping for an interview he’s somehow scored for an internship at Vogue.com. Kurt’s meeting is with Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker), the new senior editor of the website and a cutting edge fashion designer in her own right. Kurt is terrified – yet very stylish – as he enters her office, but Isabelle is instantly warm and disarming to Kurt, revealing that she is from Columbus, Ohio, nearby to Lima. She is impressed with the online resume Kurt submitted, particularly the gallery of his own outfits (see www.hirehummel.com) and asks him where he got his wardrobe. Answering ten thousand nit-picking fans’ questions about how Kurt has been able to afford the things he wears, (which have been tracked down IRL and revealed to be thousands of dollars worth of designer couture), Kurt admits that he made most of them, copying designs he liked, and searched the internet for bargain pieces. Isabelle proceeds to interview Kurt about his ideas and experience, and he tells her his plans of NYADA and Broadway. Isabelle offers Kurt encouragement, saying New York is the place for people like him – dreamers starting out – and her – people needing to re-invent themselves. She hires him on the spot – “Anyone who can pull off a hippo brooch deserves to be here.” Kurt throws himself on her in a hug, and proceeds to stab his new boss with the hippo. “That should come with a warning!” she says, tapping the brooch. “Oh, it did,” Kurt replies.

Brittany approaches Artie at school and asks him to run with her as her Vice President. “Did you know that Franklin Roosevelt was part robot too, and he’s on Mount Rushmore?” “No he’s isn’t,” Artie replies, “and I’m just gonna say it again, I’m not part robot.” He’s reluctant at first, but when Brittany admits that if she wins she plans to do nothing – again – and let him make all the decisions, Artie is intrigued by this plan – because women love power, apparently, and he’d like to date someone for more than a couple of weeks. “Don’t take that personally,” he tells her. “Why would I take that personally?” “We dated.” “We did?” Oh, Glee, you are learning to play to your strengths again and make fun of the moments of your own epic fail! Well done! Artie agrees to be Brittany’s running-mate – the Cheney to her Bush, though she’d prefer to be “Landing Strip.” Thanks for that one, Glee.

In the choir room, Will announces that as the Nationals champions, McKinley will be hosting the annual Show Choir rules committee meeting. This is met with a brilliant outburst: “Please tell me you’re going to ask what ‘one-third’ vintage meant last year?” Tina asks, laughing. “Or like, why some teams could sing six songs and others only do one?” Sam demands indignantly. It seems like New Directions themselves have been just as confused and disgruntled by the bizarre competition process as fandom has been, but this is another flawless moment of Glee lampshading its own past indiscrepancies and it’s making me love the show so much right now. And shouldn’t the club already be preparing ideas for competition, Jake inquires, to which Schue gives a cagey answer about not wanting to give anything away yet. As he continues to talk to the club, his voice-over starts, admitting that he has no ideas – that he’s all tapped out with where to take the club from here. Will, it’s not that hard. Find songs, make kids sing songs, the end.

Brittany interrupts what Will’s saying to the class in order to ask the glee club if anyone can prove that Blaine was born in the United States, and also to announce Artie as her running mate, which is met with general approval – except by her new blonde BFF Sam, who looks somewhat hurt. She points out that the election is pretty much over because between her and Artie, they will cover enough demographics to get all the votes – though she does consider the demographics to be humans and robots – and Blaine, my optimistic baby boy, objects with his fixed grin that’s more of a grimace, “Brittany, that’s not fair, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s about who’s got the best ideas, it’s about believing you can make a change… Right?” The others start to make fun of Blaine’s objection – Artie calls it ‘sour grapes,’ as class is dismissed and Sam stares poignantly and obviously after Brittany as the group leaves.

In the staff room Will is struggling to come up with a theme for Sectionals and vents his frustration to Sue. “I can’t decide between ‘Classic TV Themes’ or ‘A Salute To Autumn’.” Sue calls these out as the craptastic ideas they are, and Will shakes his head in defeat, saying he doesn’t know what happened to all his good ideas. “Don’t kid yourself, you never had any good ideas. You just didn’t notice because you were too busy chasing your bizarre childhood dream of a glee club national championship.” Preach it, Sue. She says that now Will has achieved his dream, he’s waking up to the boring monotony of being a normal high school teacher and that he should probably get out now, before becoming an alcoholic or morbidly obese, and explore other job opportunities. “Your lack of adult friends means you’re well on your way to a career as a pedophile birthday clown.” In seriousness, she does give him the advice – “You had a dream. You achieved it. Move on.” Will sighs, clearly not wanting to admit that she may be right.

Expectedly, Sam quizzes Brittany about why she didn’t pick him, her new bestie, as her running-mate. She says that she didn’t want to ruin their friendship – citing Sarah Palin and her ‘grandfather’ (John McCain) no longer being on speaking terms, but she does think Sam would make a good VP, so she ‘introduces’ Sam to Blaine (“Um, we’ve actually met.. several times…”) and offers him up as Blaine’s Vice President candidate. Blaine turns them down at first, saying he will be picking his own running-mate, but Sam sells himself to Blaine on the strength of the demographics he covers – “My family’s on food stamps, so that will get you the sympathy vote. I’m not gay, so that’ll help with the not-gay vote.” Blaine sizes Sam up, throws caution into the wind and agrees to take Sam as his running partner. Brittany is pleased by this and gives them their first order of business – she challenges the pair to a debate with herself and Artie. “What’s a debate?” the newly-stupidified Sam asks Blaine, who I’m sure is instantly regretting his decision.

In the Vogue offices, Isabelle is chairing a meeting at which Kurt serves drinks. She has voiced the idea of a feature on leather to her team, who come up with some truly excruciating ideas, though Isabelle is encouraging towards them. Every time someone pitches another awful idea, Kurt nearly physically recoils in disgust and disdain, which does not go without Isabelle’s notice. Isabelle dismisses the meeting and calls Kurt into her office, asking him what he thought of what he’d heard. He reluctantly admits that he had hated the staff’s ideas, and Isabelle wholeheartedly agrees with him, but she feels trapped into the piece due to promising the receptionist – whose cat had just died – that she would use her idea of ‘trends in animal hide,’ and now she’s stuck with this leather theme. Kurt tries to calm her, saying there are a million good ideas out there that could be used, such as a music video featuring fashion, and Isabelle admits that she’d also given the go-ahead to another staff member’s awful idea featuring “spankles” (Spanx for cankles). Isabelle begins to have a minor breakdown and admits to Kurt that – coming from being an independent creative designer – she finds the management aspect of her job difficult, she can’t say no to people. She feels like she’s lost touch with what a good idea is and what’s plain crazy, and that she’s lucked into a job she doesn’t deserve. She starts to become a little hysterical, fearing failure in this role and that she will lose the job, then her apartment, and will become homeless. Kurt comforts her. “You are not going to be homeless, alright? You can always come stay with me and my roommate in Bushwick.” Isabelle looks like she’d rather take the homelessness.

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Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017